FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COALITION FOR AFFORDABLE BAY SOLUTIONS APPLAUDS STUDY SHOWING POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT COST SAVINGS FOR PA’S CHESAPEAKE BAY CLEANUP MANDATE
Study reaffirms need for fundamental change in state’s nitrogen reduction efforts
HARRISBURG, Pa. (March 5, 2018) – The Coalition for Affordable Bay Solutions (CABS) today applauded findings by the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) that shows Pennsylvania could save 90 percent or more in its efforts to reduce nitrogen levels in the Chesapeake Bay and in local drinking water. To see the cost savings, Pennsylvania would need to fundamentally change the way it manages compliance to EPA regulations by implementing a competitively bid procurement program to purchase verified nutrient reductions.
“We thank the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee for its work to update its 2013 study to take into account recent changes that impact the overall cost of Chesapeake Bay compliance costs,” said Newtrient president and CEO Steven Rowe, a CABS member. “If we continue with the status quo, Pennsylvania will pay $6.5 billion by 2025 to achieve the EPA-mandated nitrogen reductions for agriculture and urban runoff. These latest findings show that implementing an RFP program could help Pennsylvania achieve these same levels of reductions at a cost of about $340 million by 2025. That’s a savings for taxpayers we cannot ignore!”
The updated LBFC study reaffirms the urgent need for Pennsylvania Senate Bill 799, which addresses both the Chesapeake Bay mandate and the lower Susquehanna drinking water issue through use of a competitively bid procurement program, which could reduce treatment costs by more than 90 percent.
Nutrient and sediment reductions can be procured in the very same manner as any other measurable commodity. Pennsylvania procures the commodities it requires under its procurement code, which is a transparent process that awards taxpayer-funded contracts. SB 799 creates a competitively bid procurement program to purchase verified nutrient and sediment reductions open to all public and private entities. SB 799 prioritizes cost and local benefits to Pennsylvania taxpayers, while enabling private-sector competition.
“We look forward to working with House and Senate leaders to help make SB 799 and the significant cost savings it would bring a reality for Pennsylvania,” Rowe said. “Our local communities and waterways, Pennsylvania taxpayers, and the Chesapeake Bay all deserve the better outcomes it would bring.”
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The Coalition for Affordable Bay Solutions is a nonprofit advocacy group formed to support the creation of a competitively bid procurement program for nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorus) reductions in Pennsylvania. To learn more, visit www.affordablebaysolutions.org.
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